Nathaniel Tolton of Kennedy (12) gives a thumbs up to teammate Jake Zwaller (16) on a pass as Enrique Navarro of Tyee (3) looks on.
Kennedy tops Tyee to take command
Kennedy Catholic controls its own destiny as the Seamount League boys soccer season draws to a close after topping Tyee by a 2-0 score Friday.
The Lancers ran their first place league record to 9-0-3 with the win, ahead of Foster (8-2-2), Hazen (7-1-4) and then the Totems (6-4-2), Highline (4-6-2) and Evergreen (4-7-1),
Even if they should lose to Hazen in a 6 p.m. Tuesday game at the Starfire complex in Tukwila, they finish against winless Renton (0-12-0) in a 5:30 p.m. road game Thursday.
"We're five points ahead (of Hazen), and even if we lost that's three points for them," said JFK head coach Teddy Mitalas. "We get to host (the first playoff) if we beat them."
Tyee is at home against Evergreen at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Valley Ridge and finishes at Hazen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Second place Foster, meanwhile, is at Highline at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and at home against Evergreen for its regular season finale Thursday.
"I don't think we'll lose to Renton," said Mitalas of the title chase.
At lot was at stake between the Lancers and Totems this past Friday, and they battled to a 0-0 tie through the first half.
Kennedy Catholic broke onto the scoreboard with 27 minutes, 40 seconds to play in the second half.
Senior defender Jake Degagne fielded a corner kick from senior forward Colin Gilies and booted on in for a 1-0 Lancer lead.
Gilies scored the second goal himself with 13:15 left.
He took a free kick from just outside the penalty box and drilled it into the left back corner.
Tyee had two close chances to score in the remaining time.
Junior midfielder Hamidou Kante passed to junior forward Adama Kante with 5:15 to go and he took a shot that just sailed over the crossbar.
Adama Kante also took a free kick with just under 2:00 on the clock that was kicked hard but into the Kennedy defensive line.
"For once we played a full 80 minutes of soccer," said Mitalas. "We're starting to come on. We've got 18 guys fighting hard for their school."
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